Fashion Revolution Week - Monday
Monday, 20 April 2020 | Joanna
One of the side effects of the social distancing rules in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 is that we are only allowed to shop for essentials, and then as infrequently as possible.
This means we can't just pop to the shops - most high street shops are closed - and we need to really think about what we need to buy. What is an "essential" item anyway?
Fashion Revolution week gives us the opportunity to pause and think about the impact of our shopping choices on other people - especially the workers who make our clothes - and on the environment. It's been happening every April on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in 2013 but in 2020 it's taken on a new urgency. Many of the same people who survived the factory collapse are now suffering due to UK high street chains cancelling orders and due to poor wages most of them are living in overcrowded and unhealthy conditions with no running water.
This week we'll be looking at how we can make different choices which help and support workers and reduce waste.